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headquarters in boston with what this evening has in store for the form he governor. visiting a couple of key swing states this afternoon and through the day before showing up here for election night. he started in ohio and then to pittsburgh. something he is trying to do last night in new hampshire. let's give a listen to what he had to say. >> the last months of our campaign have seen the gathering of strength. a real movement across this country. look at the size of these crowds. i understand that there are a few thousand people outdoors who couldn't get in. >> and the significant crowd expected here tonight as well. either plate tonight, either a concession speech or celebrate a hard fought victory. that is the latest live from boston. back to you, jim, pat. >>> thanks. president obama will watch election returns tonight in chicago. today he stopped by one of his campaign field offices. he thanked volunteers in person and on the phone. for their work on his behalf. steve handelsman has covered every step of this presidential caaign. he joins us live in chicago to wrap it all up. it is all
in boston, what was billed as the romney victory situation, now perhaps the saddest room in the country. peter. >> brian, a couple days ago, told us, barack obama's fire wall in ohio was burning. the obama campaign extinguished the fire. take a look around the room right now you can see the sober faces of disappointment here in boston. they knew that ohio was critical to a victory tonight. despite the fact that florida and virginia were still on the board they recognized as soon as ohio went up on the screens that this meant president obama would remain president of the united states. governor romney has been reviewing, watching the returns with his family, alongside his wife ann, five sons, their wives, and 16 of the 18 grandchildren. a short distance away from where we are at the convention center here in boston. as soon as they get the news which obviously they have gotten as well on the screens that they're watching as well, we are anticipating somepoint this evening we'll hear what would be a concession speech from governor romney. remember when he was on his plane earlier today we
at the stage in boston, as a matter of fact, where the crowd, a lot more subdued as you might expect is awaiting mitt romney to step forward and at some point i suspect soon, we will hear from the former governor of massachusetts who as we said is in boston. he will come forward to acknowledge he has been defeated despite running a very tough and hard campaign against an incumbent as has been noted many times, this is the first time since franklin roosevelt has been re-elected with unemployment this high. but here we are. >> that was a key issue in the exit polling tonight, derek. people talking about the economy and trying to find a best way forward. there were so many undecided voters who are trying to decide do we stick with the current course. is it change that we need. the economy and its progress out of one of the worst recessions we have ever seen. a key issue in this undecided women voters. so many elements we didn't even have 4 years ago. >> we talked about how close the election would be. if the numbers hold up and just perhaps president obama gets florida or virginia, the
that gave him more latitude with the conservative base of the party. >> woodruff: speak of boston, and other places, let's hear now from our colleagues-- actually, ray suarez is in chicago. he and margaret warner are at the two presidential campaign headquarters, but, ray, we're going to come to you first. are you in chicago, and that's where president obama is tonight. >> that's right. he's just a few miles away. he's not here yet. and neither are a lot of the senior officials from the campaign. i think they probably want to wait to see a little bit more, but illinois senior senator, senator dick durbin is here, and there have been a lot of poll closings, a lot of projections, but so far no surprises. what do you need to see before you can really relax? >> some of the key battled ground states-- florida, virginia, ohio, and of course when we get in the midwest, a little closer to my activity in the last few months for the president, taking a look at wis cons and i know iowa. if we can get the job done in the midwest, and i hope we do glie you're not up this sickle. when you don't have a rac
ginnis is at romney headquarters in boston and ladies, welcome, good evening. it looks like we have a study in contrasts. mitt romney working the campaign trail in pennsylvania, president obama sitting back doing broadcast interviews, playing a game of basketball. danielle, is he confident or just out of gas? >> reporter: well, derrick, the president says he's confident that he will walk away with a victory tonight. we just got word that he did another round of interviews with tv stationness battleground states like colorado and wisconsin. the republicans know this will be a close race and they want to use every moment they can to encourage their supporters to cast a ballot, derek. >> one of those gop predictions that states in play like pennsylvania could be in play, that romney will steal votes? >> reporter: their concern isn't that great. they feel like they've done a good job in the ground game in the states they can control of the big states are looking at virginia, ohio and florida. they know it's going to be close, but again, they feel like they've put in the work and that the pres
, who told supporters in boston he gave it his all and insisted washington must come together. >> the nation, as you know, is at a critical point. at a time like this, we can't risk partisan bickering and political posturing. our leaders have to reach across the aisle to do the people's work. >> the romney family has chosen to give back to america through public service, and that is the legacy that we honor and applaud tonight. >> reporter: the president won with slim majorities in key states -- ohio, pennsylvania, wisconsin, iowa, colorado, new hampshire. virginia and nevada weren't called until early this morning after he was declared the projected winner. still outstanding, florida, where at 2:00 a.m. people were still in line voting. and, of course, all of their votes will still have to be counted, not to mention provisional ballots in ohio that we thought might be the deciding factor in this race. we're live this morning in chicago at obama's victory headquarters, i'm tracie potts. back to you. >> tracie, a question for you. we know the president -- the race was called fo
our colleague ray swawrers and hopefully we'll be joined by margaret warner in boston. ray is at the presidential candidate night headquarters in chicago. ray, what is the sense right now? when we talk about this ground game issue, what does the campaign say about what they have over the romney campaign in terms of ground game? >> they said this time instead of sending volunteers and sending field workers from state to state, they concentrated much more heavily on using people that people know. i mean it sounds kind of obvious. but all the research shows that when someone you know talks about you... talks to you about casting the vote in the first place or voting for the person you prefer, that has a lot more impact than somebody showing up at your door with paperwork, a leaflet or a pitch for a candidate. so they've put much more emphasis on having people work their own neighborhoods this time around. and they say they have hit their marks, that they are getting out their numbers. and so far so good. gwen? >> ifill: well, ray, i'm also curious. you're standing there at the
, nancy. jan crawford has been covering the romney campaign. she is in boston tonight. jan? >> well, scott, governor romney just landed here about an hour ago after making campaign stops in that key state of ohio and in pennsylvania. he talked to reporters on the way back on the plane and he said he felt good about this campaign. they hadn't left anything in the locker room and that he thinks they're going to win. he said he just finished his victory speech. he's not written a concession speech. now, the mood inside the campaign tonight, scott, is one of cautious optimism, i'd say. but there is a little bit of nervousness and here's why: campaign sources that i'm talking with tonight say they are encouraged by the high numbers of republican turnout they're seeing in these swing states like ohio, florida, virginia. they believe that will outperform john mccain in 2008. that's the key to this election. they really had to run up the score in those areas. but here's where the nervousness comes in. they're also seeing some of the president's turnout in some of those democratic areas like in nor
colleague ray swawrers and hopefully we'll be joined by oargaret warner in boston. ray is at the presidential candidate nigh headquarters in hicago. ray, what is the sense right now? when we talk about this ground game issue, what does the campaign say about what they have over the romney campaign ic terms of ground game? >> they said this time instead of sending volunteers and sending field workers from state to state, they concentrated much more heavily on using people that people know. i mean it sounds kind of obvious. but all the research shows that when someone you know talks about you... talks to youatbout casting the vote in the first place or voting for the person you prefer, that has a lot more impact than somebody showing up at your door with paperwork, a leaflet or a pitch for a candidate. so they've put much more emphasis on havingb people work their own neighborhoods this time around. and they say they have hit their marks, that they are getting out their numbers. and so far so good. gwen? >> ifill: well, ray, i'm also curious. you're standing there at the
they will close in ottawa, montana, and utah. alaska closes at 1:00 a.m. eastern time. we're in boston where the romney headquarters is located. the president and his team is in chicago. we're at the rnc headquarters in washington, d.c. and on capitol hill where the democrats are gathering and all evening we will show you the latest results. these are actual numbers. these are not projections as we track the key house, senate, and gov.'s races as well as the presidential race and you can keep track of all this on our website. this is the only network that gives you a forum to express your views in what is happening with results tonight and you can do so by giving us a phone call. the number is 202-730-triples 32. [inaudible] you can also join us on our twitter page. #cspan2012. we will get that in a couple of minutes. john boehner is here and let's get to some of the latest results. >> ap is calling some states in the presidential contest. let's start with new hampshire and take a look at the results. with 20% of precincts reporting, president obama has 55%. mitt romney at 44%. let's move on
much at the headquarters for mitt romney in boston, where bystanders said, you could hear a pin drop, as the networks called the election for president obama. reports last night that governor romney was so confident in his victory, he had only written one speech beforehand, a victory speech. >> like so many of you, paul and i have left everything on the field. we have given our all to this campaign. i so wish -- i so wish that i had been able to fulfill your hopes, to lead the country in a different direction. >> reporter: but in the end, it was not even close. obama won even those outstanding battlegrounds, like virginia, nevada. >> i just spoke with governor romney. and we have battled fiercely. but it's only because we love this country deeply. >> reporter: so, george, the question, now, what now? and president obama has said that he will reach out to republican leaders. he wants to meet with mitt romney. he even last night reached out to romney voters. where are some areas of compromise? perhaps tax reform. perhaps immigration reform. we'll see in the days ahead. >> jake tapper,
. but this is something to cheer, the people in boston at romney headquarters. >> john, i know you're looking to the screen as well. iowa being projected now for barack obama. >> well, that is a piece of bad news for the romney campaign. again, remember, mitt romney needed to win most of the nine swing states. not just a couple of them. most of them. he's still got to do that. he's not out of the game, but if you take the state of iowa, you got colorado out there, if president obama can hold nevada and the state of colorado, it doesn't matter what happens in any of these other states. he'll be over the finish line. so big challenges, more for president obama, fewer more romney, but he's still in the game. >> waiting on too close to call races which of course have been really critical. ohio being number one. florida, as well. we know now north carolina and, of course, iowa. >> larry, he needs 21 votes. >> yeah. there's a pattern. i mean, let's face it. there's a pattern here. and whether you're romney supporter or not, you got to look at this thing. the pattern spills over into the u.s. senate
's in boston. j. mart, if you can hear me amid the hoopla here at the newseum. you're a student at virginia, you've been e-mailing me all night about problems you're detecting in virginia. tell us the problems you see and why and what it means. >> the margins in conservative -- [inaudible] in the suburbs around richmond, chesterfield county is the biggest one, comparable to '08. in 2008 john mccain lost the commonwealth of virginia by seven points. the bottom line, barack obama can do a little bit worse across virginia and still win that state. if he wins the state, there's no path to the presidency for mitt romney. we'll get the western suburbs, look at the outer suburbs of northern virginia, the margins are comparable or a little bit better for romney than they were for mccain four years ago. so unless something big happens in the two big jurisdictions still being counted, virginia beach and fairfax up by washington, d.c., i think that the commonwealth of virginia is going to stay blue and give president obama a second term. >> republicans knew that there was trouble there, or has this al
in boston. >> woodruff: mark shields and david brooks join us with their analysis. >> ifill: jeffrey brown on who's voting and why, plus key congressional races with christina bellantoni and stuart rothenberg. >> woodruff: we get historical perspective from michael beschloss and richard norton smith. >> ifill: and hari sreenvasan shows how you can find the latest results online at our data-driven map center. >> woodruff: that's all ahead on tonight's newshour. major funding for the pbs newshour has been provided by: >> music is a universal language. when i was in an accident i was worried the health care system spoke a language all its own. with united health care i got help that fit my life, information on my phone, connection to doctors who get where i'm from, and tools to estimate what my care may cost. so i never miss a beat. >> we're more than 78,000 people looking out for more than 70 million americans. that's health in numbers. united health care. >> bnsf railway. >> and by the bill and melinda gates foundation. dedicated to the idea that all people deserve the chance to live a heal
romney in cleveland. he is now on his way to boston where he and romney will watch the returns come in. >> the lines to vote have been long. in virginia, the lines snaked through buildings and spilled outside. some people reported waiting two to three hours to cast their ballots in virginia. and here is a live look now at the polling places in bailey's cross roads. there has been a long line here all day. but it is beginning to shorten at this point. the polls in virginia are open until 7:00 tonight. >> not only in virginia. d.c. and maryland, voters are waiting for hours to be part of this election. some precincts are slowed by machine problems. others are hoping with huge turnouts. more on the vote here's are determined to cast their ballots. >> reporter: we're live in eleanor roosevelt high school in green belt. one of the many voting places. the people you see behind me are mostly handing out campaign literature. there are no lines. that was not the case earlier. there were lines and equipment malfunctions but people did not give up. in prince george's county, some residents waited
to recovery. >>> a different scene in boston as mitt romney stood before a disappointed crowd. his concession speech was brief and heartfelt as he congratulated the president and ask all americans to put partisan bickering aside. >> this election is over but our principles endure. i believe that the principles upon which this nation was founded are the only sure guide for a resurgent economy and to a new greatness. >> reporter: running mate paul ryan returns to the house of representatives as the chairman of the budget committee. not clear what mitt romney will do after two unsuccessful runs at the presidency. congress needs to get to work right away on a number of issues that threaten to hit american pocketbooks. >>> the other major story from election night, historic ballot questions in maryland, approved. voters said yes to question four, the dream act which allows children of illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition at maryland colleges and universities. they said yes to question six which is same-sex marriage and yes to expanded gambling including a new casino in prince george's county
up towards new york and boston, which could see 60-mile-an-hour winds with this storm. so this is going to be a big storm. for us, however, we miss out on the biggest impacts of it. mostly clear, cool, but nice this evening. temperatures 40 to 46. i need to lower those because some areas are already in the 30s. tomorrow morning, 24 in some of the coldest areas to about 35 in the city. mostly clear and cold tomorrow afternoon. morning sunshine, afternoon clouds, continued chilly. 45 to about 50 degrees. windchills in the low 40s all day long. cold air sticks around. wednesday, thursday, watching that coastal storm closely. watch this. here comes friday, saturday, sunday and monday. temperatures warming up nicely. we could be near 70 in some areas by late sunday and monday. so it looks like the cold stretch will be over. i don't see it coming back for >> that will be welcomed. people need to bundle up if they're going to go to the polls tomorrow. >> tomorrow morning is going to be really cold, so make sure you're ready for that. ing up, to virginia voters. find out how the c
the key and political divide remains and in "the columbus dispatch." ohio wins with ohio. the "boston globe" reads "economy kept obama afloat. blocked romney win, and here's a forward thinking headline in "the wisconsin state journal." observers say paul ryan now a front-runner for the 2016 gop nomination. tell me we're not already talking about 2016. >> let the race begin. of course, we're keeping our eye on another big story as well this morning. can you probably see the flags moving pretty briskly behind us. that is a sign of what's to come as nasty weather, a nor'easter bears down on already storm-ravaged parts of this east coast. al is live along the new jersey shore with what we can expect. >> all right. we want to get right to our top story, the election results. nbc's kristen welker had a late night covering president obama's campaign, and she joins us this morning from chicago. kristen, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning to you, savannah. well, president obama is waking up as a two-term president. a lot of people said it wouldn't be possible because of the stagnan
to concede after many networks took an hour to call the race. danielle leigh is live in boston with more on that. danielle, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. this ballroom cleared out almost immediately after romney conceded the race. thousands of once excited supporters walked out in quiet disappointment, in many ways, the life just sucked out of them. romney appeared for only a few minutes and briefly addressed everyone. he thanked them for their support, congratulated barack obama, and then he discussed his disappointment that he would not be the next u.s. president. >> i so wish, i so wish that i had been able to fulfill your hopes, to lead the country in a different direction, but the nation shows another leader, and so ann and i join with you to earnestly pray for him and for this great nation. thank you and god bless. >> reporter: and another key topic that came out of mitt romney's speech here, he said that leaders need to work together. he called on them to come across the table and address the gridlock in congress. that's something that's going to be a key topic in the n
to not bring a lot of precipitation inland, but with cold air around, it could be snowing from boston to new york and right down through new jersey into delaware and areas just north and east of washington. this is as of 3:00 this afternoon. that's when we'll have some of that colder air getting drawn into the storm, changing the rain to snow. and then this evening, this is as of 7:00 p.m., we still could have some of that just to the north and east of washington, some of the heavier amounts of snow, northern delaware, up into new jersey, and around the new york city area. and then that storm system then deepens more and moves on up toward eastern new england, and we here will dry out. this is a thursday morning at 5:00. we ought to have the cloud cover breaking up. we'll get some sunshine back tomorrow. i'll have all the details on that. we'll take a look at the seven day outlook. that will be coming up here in another ten minutes. for the day today, hour by hour. you'll need an umbrella this morning. a chilly light rain by 6:00 a.m., upper 30s. by noontime, the low 40s. winds will begin to
running the boston marathon and you see the ribbon at the end, and you're like look, we're almost done. >> listen and also remember for president obama, this is his last campaign in his life. this is an end of a political career in that sense. so it's got to have some sort of nostalgia. but the emotion, the charged up, the scrutiny they've been under. the schedule they've been under. both of them, it's a day full of emotion. >> michelle obama, much tougher than i've heard her. >> -- defend her husband. >> let me tell you something, personally wasn't happy when i said it but i said seriously your wife blows you aware on campaigning. i've seen her speak without notes, without teleprompter and she really goes all in, and she's a phenomenal campaigner. >> but iowa, the place is really important for this president. because the people he was talking to there are the people who gave him the legs politically that allowed him to become president of the united states. you think about when hillary clinton was in there for the caucuses, remember, and how it was clinton, it was clinton, it was edwa
reside in massachusetts. many of them reside in boston and cambridge. he was a one-term governor in boston. he does not brag too much about what he did in boston and the people in boston are not bragging either. >> which is your take -- what is your take? >> the one president obama has. >> their massachusetts with their state plan. they have their own plan because they are working people. they didn't like it in massachusetts and they didn't like it countrywide. but they did the same thing in boston. that is why he was a one-term president. i listened to him today. he has all of the plant and he is going to be the merkel person. listen -- i have an income of under $30,000 a year. i pay more in taxes to a man is sent his money out of the country because he doesn't want to help pay the kind of taxes i pay because it's wonderful country. >> you said you were on the fence and it sounds like you are pretty firmly in obama's corner. >> i have listened to him. anybody that is me, me, me, i'm the merkel man -- he is bragging too much. >> we go next to a supporter of mayor romney in the so
. at his boston headquarters the republican candidate spoke for fife minutes also calling for unity. >> the nation is at a critical point and at a time like this, we cannot risk political bickering and posturing. our leaders have the reach across the aisle to do the people's work. >> reporter: the stagnant economy was the top issue for voters and almost scuttled the president's bid for re-election. and president obama telling the nation, he got the message. >> you told us that you want us to focus on your jobs and not ours. in the coming weeks and months, i am looking forward to reaching out and working with leaders of both parties to meet the challenges that we can only solve together. >> reporter: still the chicago crowd was electrified as the president delivered a soaring speech in which he thanked all of those who supported him, including his family. >> sasha and malia, before our very eyes, you are growing up to become two very smart beautiful women just like your mom. michelle, i have never loved you more. i have never been prouder to watch the rest of america fall in love wit
for all the hard work on the campaign trail. >> different scene in boston. mitt romney was ever gracious in his concession speech. >> i wish all of them well but particularly the president, the first lady and their daughters. this is a time of great challenges for america and i pray that the president will be successful in guiding our nation. >> romney said he had no regrets and asked all-americans to help get the country on top. he made no mention of his future plans. the president said he looks forward to sitting down with romney. paul ryan returns for chairman of the house budget committee. >> thank you very much. now, the battleground state of virginia was one of the most closely watched last night. >> democrats were hoping for a repeat of 2008 when the commonwealth went. more on the virginia results. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. virginia certainly lived up to its status as a battleground state. this race was too close to call well into the night before president obama could finally claim victory. he won re-election defeating mitt romney taking virginia's 13 electoral vot
jerseyians in general we're skeptics. let's head up to boston to see how skeptical gerri willis is of the mitt romney is spending his last day in other places but coming back later. >> we're so skeptical we're out on the telephone talking to people what is actually going on the ground today at the election polls. start with virginia. that is the first battleground state that will report tonight where the polls will close first. let's take a look there. i spoke to ken cuccinelli, the attorney general there. he says turnout is he have had. the lines are long. they have no major issues with voting but some interesting trends already developing. as you remember, fairfax county, right next to washington, d.c., heavy turnout there. but in prince william county where cuccinelli lives he says he was surprised turnout was so low. that could bode well for mitt romney. now, also, cuccinelli says that in other parts of the state as well they're seeing slower more sluggish trends with early voting, particularly in virginia beach, areas like that. that will be telling as well. turning to ohio
will be in massachusetts tomorrow evening. a campaign event in boston for his speech. two last minute additions to the romney schedule. let's go to rhode island. what do you expect tomorrow? caller: i expect obama to win. i'm going to vote for him. i voted for him in 2008. i feel obama has done a lot with no support. and the american people need to realize that. it's going to take more than four years for a president to turn this country around. this country -- they need to look back at the policies from the past republican president which was bush. and when obama came into office this country was in disarray. so obama has done a lot i feel within the first four years. he makes mistakes all presidents do but at the end of the day obama has promised things he actually come through with. and i feel that this election is going to be a lot closer than it was in 2008. i feel that obama, a lot of people are not giving him credit for the job that he's done. and he can do a lot more if people will give him four more years. host: over the last couple of days we have gathered leading journalists on polit
to overcome. here's a look at the advisories. all the way up to boston and maine. i think the areas around hartford, connecticut, and new jersey, where they've seen the bigger snowflakes already, the low visibility is the locations that could pick up that snowfall. again, making its way more and more into our area. slow-moving storm, but still for us, because it's taken so long, the saturated air is going to be in and out. philadelphia getting some mixed conditions. look around coastal new jersey. snow there showing up for us, again. we're going to see light showers. the little spritz of rain that we're getting, scattered right now. that will start to pick up more and more. by 7:00 p.m., light rain, maybe a few flakes that will start mixing in. same thing for 8:00, 9:00. and i think by the time we get to 11:00 p.m., midnight, our precipitation will be ending. temperatures above freezing. but with any wet roads tomorrow morning, may be looking at some slick spots. 43 leesburg. 39 winchester. plenty cold out there, again, with the wind, it's giving us lou windchill readings where it feels li
to voters in key swing states n. chicago, craig bosswell, fox news. >> and let's go to boston, massachusetts, where jennifer davis is standing by. she's live with the romney campaign there and what is the scope like there tonight, jennifer? >> reporter: after voting, they make one last dash to ohio for 11th hour campaigning. he doesn't want to look back with any regrets. mitt romneys and his wife ann cast ballots and they hit the trail for one last day heading to the buckeye state. >> it's critical and this is a big day for big change. we're about to change america to help people in ways they couldn't imagine to have help for good jobs. >> reporter: his running mate voted in wisconsin before joining romney in ohio. >> this is a day we work hard and got them back on the right track. >> reporter: they shared a quick one at wendy's and split up for the final visit of their campaign. ryan's last stop is in virginia and governor romney makes a final push in pennsylvania, hoping to turn things in a favor and a state that hasn't voted for a republican presidential candidate since 1988. at the big r
and atmosphere is like in boston for governor romney's campaign headquarters. for that we go to hampton pearson. >> reporter: how are you doing, phil. mitt and ann romney voted a few moments ago here in boston. a bit of an irony. no expert or citizen expects romney to carry massachusetts, his home state. experts say he'll be lucky if he matches 36% that john mccain got four years ago when he ran against barack obama. it's not just the fact that massachusetts is a state that tilts democratic. frankly voters here have similar complaints to what has been heard nationally about the former governor. >> i don't think there's a mystery about mitt romney. i think the united states is learning what we learned here. we're never exactly sure if he means what he says and how long he's going to stick with it. >> reporter: the real action in massachusetts is the dead heat contest for the senate between scott brown, the republican, and elizabeth warren, the democrat. voter turnout could top 70%. some 3 million plus votes being cast in one of the most closely watched senate races in the country that could very
in chicago. governor romney in boston. we'll take you there live in a moment. we are getting information on why they vote the way they are. martha maccallum will cover that for us. >> reporter: they are analyzing the response as they come out of the polling places tonight. there are key states like ohio and virginia. the polls are still open for hours as people come home from work and continue to vote. so many areas we haven't heard from yet. what we can tell you for sure so far is that this is a very tight race tonight. let's start with the national poll question. direction of the country. are we on the right track or the wrong track? it's evenly divided. those saying we are on the right direction and going for president obama, no surprise there. 52%, though, say we are headed in the wrong direction. they are backing governor romney. now voters are split on whether the economy is getting better or worse. huge question tonight for everyone, of course. you have about four out of ten states getting better. three of ten say it's getting worse. three of ten says it stays the same for them. s
the obama campaign and boston behind the scenes with romney. to the heated battleground states across the country where this election will be decided and our team tracking your vote everywhere in the crossroads of the world with the crowds in times square. and with our partners from univision in miami plus abc's barbara walters, katie couric and our powerhouse team telling you who's winning and why on this historic night, election night 2012, the stakes so high, the race so close, america's next president decided tonight. it's "your voice, your vote." once again from abc news election headquarters in times square, new york, diane sawyer and george stephanopoulos. >> you are looking at times square, usa, the pulse of the nation. also the crossroads of the world, 182 million people pass through here every year and tonight, it is election headquarters for abc news and we are so glad to have you back with us on this very big night, george. >> we have an entire team right out here with us. our reporters an analysts over on that side of the room, jon karl karl, cokie robert, ron brownstein.
traditionally vote for the democratic candidate. >> pelley: thank you, we're going to switch over to boston and speak to ed gillespie who is one of mitt romney's autopsy communicatio --top communicatio. thank you for being with us. it looks like ohio is leaning the president's way. i wonder how you see ohio. >> we feel pretty good about ohio, scott. the fact is where you look where the turnout is highest, we have great turnout in republican leading areas. we were able to shave 263,000 votes in the early vote in the absentee ballots from the advantage that president obama enjoyed over senator mccain in 2008. in the diminishment of the democrats early vote advantage, our republican intensity and what we've been seeing in the polls relative to independent voters in ohio, we feel like it's very much in our side tonight when i look at where these votes are coming in from we also female good about thal -- feel good about the numbers in the county and precincts and need to carry with big numbers and we're doing that tonight. >> pelley: one of the swing states we do not have enough information to
nothing between new york city and boston. hoping to get some limit service up and running today. the hope is that that will start tomorrow. but you know, across this region, they're doing all they can to get up to speed. in the meantime you've got all of these people, thousands, trying to get on buses trying to get to work. >> tom costello, thank you for staying on top of all of that. joining me now, republican congressman chris smith. congressman, thanks so much. you have had a fema briefing. >> the latest is they are trying to do everything possible but still huge gaps that have to be overcome. i'm actually now in the mayor's office of tony fiore, the township of middletown's mayor. and the real heroes, i can't stress this without enough ex-plamati ex-plamatiex p ex-pla exclamation points the mayors and those working around the clock. 200 homes or more uninhab bitable. people are cold, they're doing everything possible to you know get power back on. and you know, we're very concerned about families with small children, as well as with those with fragile, you know, elderly who could get
night at the boston convention center. you can see some of the exhaustion show. romney's demeanor hinting at anything? that he somehow thinks he might not get there? >> you're tired of being tired. not just tonight but all the time. >> people overreading body language a little bit. after reports ann romney appeared exhausted at a series. one of mrs. romney's aides wanted to assure nbc news it's about being tired, nothing about her ms acting up. on the trail this in virginia, mitt romney argued that he is the changed candidate this year. >> instead of bridging the divide, he's made it wider. >> if the president were to be re-elected, he would -- it's possible but not likely. if he were to be re-elected, he would be able to work with president in congress. >> the bitterness between the two campaigns is palpable. there are signs that governing will be a huge challenge for the winner. protesters interrupted the president's rally in ohio and at every stop romney seized on this recent comment from the president. >> don't boo, vote. vote. voting's the best revenge. >> president obama ask
. randall pinkston, cbs news, boston. >>> closer to home, some of the first returns we'll see tonight will be from the swing state of virginia. >> and the commonwealth is also the site of a very highly contested senate race. with more on the battleground virginia, jessica doyle joins us now from the election wall. details on the election pitting two former governors against each other for a u.s. senate seat. good morning, jess. >>reporter: good morning to both of you. good morning to everybody at home. the nation's attention, of course, has been captured by the neck-in-neck race for the white house. in virginia the key senate race there looks just as close as this is an important race because it could determine whether democrats maintain control in the senate or hand over power to the republicans. taking a look at the race, democrat tim kaine and republican george allen are duking it out for this senate seat being 78cateed by jim webb. he's the democrat that beat george allen four years ago. allen was governor from 1994 to 1998 during a time of economic growth in both the state and t
england. boston barely breaking 40. omaha, kansas city, 50. los angeles, 86 down from the record high of yesterday. >>> firefighters are finally making headway with a wildfire that forced a shutdown of a major highway between southern california and las vegas. santa ana winds spread the fire to both side of the interstate. 15, in fact, in cajun pass yesterday, backing up traffic in that area for hours. fire crews managed to keep the flame from spreading to nearby homes. >>> and we'll lighten the mood here with what is no doubt one of our "favorite stories of the day." check out my saints. yes, indeed. boys in black and gold. particularly defensive back, patrick robinson. he returns an interception, 99 yards for a touchdown last night against the eagles there in the dome. >> drew brees threw two touchdown passes. the eagles are pretty much toast. i'll let rob do the best part. >> saints win. saints win. they beat philly, 28-13. who dat. not a stellar season for the saints. at this point, every win is at least, is -- a moral victory. >> all three of them. way to go. >> whatever. long wa
correspondent is at governor romney's headquarters in boston. let's begin with you. >> they're excited, optimistic anxious and awaiting the result. it's an open question as to one might know until 1:00 a.m. or future days. the romney campaign is watching closely florida, virginia and ohio. there are very few victory strategies contemplated by boston, the romney campaign, that don't include the buckeye state and they're concerned about signs of high turn-out in the northern part of ohio where the detroit auto bail-out was a big mallet which the president pounded mr. romney. on the southern border of ohio along kentucky, particularly along cincinnati, hamilton county, big optimism and turn-out for the republican campaign. virginia, florida, ohio romney believes so go though so goes the country. romney has only written one speech, a victory speech. >> carl cameron. let's get straight to the president's camp in chicago and ed henry. >> shep, the president has been getting very wistful. it started in iowa what started the obama movement. he said today he was crying partly because it was col
. mitt romney of course give a concession speech last night in boston. years a portion. [video clip] >> i believe in america. i believe in the people of america. [applause] and i ran for office because i am concerned about america. this election is over, but our principles and door. i believe that the principles upon which this nation was founded are the only sure guide to a resurging economy and renew greatness. like so many of you, paul and i have left everything on the field, we have given our all to this campaign. [applause] i so wish that i had been able to fulfill your hopes to lead the country in a different direction, but the nation chose another leader. so ann and i join with you to pray for him in leading this country. you guys are the best. thank you so much. a thank you. thank you, guys. host: and as we continue to take your calls on c-span this morning we will go to henry on our line for democrats in michigan. good morning to you. caller: good morning. you know, this is a glorious morning. and i feel really sorry for the lady in florida. and that guy in new jersey who of just
with of the boston does is something like he said. -- but the filibuster does is something like you said. a call the pathway to -- host: the pathway to 60 includes an independent from the state of maine who has not said what party he will caucus with. guest: i think it is a good bet he will sit with the democrats. one of our reporters spoke to harry reid, and he called angus who i do not think will stay for awhile. the republicans went after anxious -- angus king and the democrats did not endorse. they attack the republicans, but they did not endorse. i think basically harry reid is confident he will be sitting on their side of the aisle. host: mike, new york, democratic caller. caller: i wanted to focus in on three things i believe the democrats as well as the republicans should do that would move lower country forward. let's start with the republicans -- our country forward. let's start with the republicans. i was there with the perspective of not being mean-spirited. we know it is not going to happen 100%. the republicans think they have good ideas in terms of balancing the budget. if they we
headquarters in boston. wendell goler live in chicago where president obama arrived a little while ago. phil keating is in florida with a lot going on down there. let's start with john since romney will be the first to cast his ballot today. >> that will be in massachusetts in an hour and 45 minutes. for the romney campaign, it's all about getting out the vote. when you look at the 11 swing states, he only leads in two. the others are all within the margin of error. he's going to hit the trail again today, going to the vote center in cleveland later on this morning. this afternoon, another in pittsburgh. paul ryan will be in richmond and also join the governor in cleveland. the governor was sitting around in the tarmac yesterday, according to an advisor saying, i don't want to sit in a hotel room all day on election day. let's go out and do what we can to muster every last vote. when you look at the early voting, it's advantage obama right now. governor romney really has to rack up the count on his side of things. yesterday in columbus urging his supporters at a rally to get out there and ge
drawn to their homes, to chicago, to boston, and they end up in the dark of night and manchester, new hampshire, and des moines, iowa, pleading their case. and the emotion just pours out of them. and then everything that we've said for a year or two years, the punditry, the predictions, the who's going to win ohio, the who's going to win florida goes out the window because people go to the polls, they draw the curtain, and then the only place in the world where it happens, they vote, a peaceful transition occurs or power is retained by the president, it's a magical moment we don't pay enough attention to. >> you can hear exactly what mike's talking about in both of their voices last night. mitt romney's voice was strained. he declared his candidacy on june 2nd, 2011, 17 months ago. so it's all been leading up to that. president obama was brought to tears last night, wiped a tear away thinking about his long journey, his last campaign. so mike's right, these guys have poured it all out and now we're here. >> they have been out campaigning almost as long as we're going to be on this set
us now from boston, winner of the massachusetts u.s. senate race, senator-elect elizabeth warren. congratulations! >> you know -- >> i'm sorry. i'm so happy for you. >> mika is so giddy, senator-elect. >> i really am. >> i don't know what i'm going to do with her. you can now tell america that it was our kiss at fenway that put you over the top last night. >> that was it. >> what an incredible victory. talk about what's happened to you over the past four years. who would have believed that a boomer sooner would make it to the u.s. senate in massachusetts! >> you know, this has just been amazing. every single part of this. and the most amazing part has been the last year about running for office. you know, massachusetts is a very special place. this one was grass roots all the way. these were people who showed up in living rooms and kitchens and school auditoriums who held signs, who called neighbors, who really made this happen. and they saw this race as a race about what kind of a people we are, what kind of country we're going to build. and they wanted to be part of it. and the
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